Massachusetts Online Gambling

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Welcome to PlayMA, your source for all the latest on legal Massachusetts online gambling, as well as all other legal gambling options in the Bay State.

Sports betting in Massachusetts is now live! For now, bets can only be placed at three Massachusetts casinos: MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. The first legal bets in the state were accepted on Tuesday, January 31 at 10 a.m. Online betting and MA mobile betting apps are expected to go live by late February or early March.

The Bay State is home to multiple resort casinos, a state-run lottery, wagering on horse racing, and many other forms of legal gambling. Sports betting adds to the excitement surrounding the state’s legal gambling options.

Here at PlayMA, you’ll find information about all of the current Massachusetts gambling options and the latest news about what is to come.

Legal Gambling in Massachusetts

Online Casinos

Online casinos are not legal in Massachusetts at this time. The legislative focus with regard to gambling is currently on sports betting, in both online and live formats. To the best of our knowledge, the addition of Massachusetts online casino gambling as a legal activity in the state is not on the horizon at this time.

Right now, the best options for Bay Staters who want to play online casino-style games are social casinos. These sites allow you to play slots and table games. Social sites like Pulsz Slots and Casino allow you to play a variety of different casino-style games for fun. Meanwhile sites like Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots and Funzpoints offer the chance to win cash prizes for your play.

Online Poker

Online poker is not legal in Massachusetts right now. In fact, because of the lower profits for gambling providers and taxing authorities, it is less likely that Bay Staters will see online poker options before online casinos debut, and online casinos aren’t even in the discussion right now.

In the meantime, you can avail yourself of some social casino options. Some sites out there let you play poker with people across the country. A good option for this kind of action is Global Poker. Global is a sister site to both Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots, and has plenty of options. You can play No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Crazy Pineapple and, Pot Limit Omaha High/Low (aka Eight or Better).

Sports Betting

Legal sports bets can now be placed in Massachusetts! For now, bets can only be placed in person at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. All three retail betting locations offer vast betting markets, and are currently accepting wagers on Super Bowl LVII.

MA online gambling is expected to launch in late February or early March. The state could ultimately feature as many as 15 online sports betting sites.

At full capacity, the Massachusetts sports betting market will be robust, presenting users with plenty of options and flexibility.



The Massachusetts Lottery is one of the older options for legal gambling in the state, selling its first ticket in 1972. Players have multiple options, as there are several draw games that you can play, including Powerball, Mega Millions and Megabucks. All of these regularly feature jackpots in excess of $1 million.

In addition, you can play the Numbers Game and Mass Cash if you want some options a bit closer to home. The Massachusetts Lottery also sells dozens of instant win games. Keep in mind that you cannot play any of these games online. Although the commission does offer a lottery app, it’s only an informational tool rather than a method to purchase tickets online.

Horse Betting

One of the most common types of online gambling in any state is horse betting. Federal legislation from 2000 and an exemption in 2006’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act rendered betting on horse racing legal at the federal level and up to each state to decide. Like the majority of states, horse betting in Massachusetts is legal.

There are a host of horse betting sites available to Bay State residents, but one of the best options is TVG. TVG is one of the most flexible places to handicap horses, but its other features are what set the site apart. TVG is actually a broadcast network with an attached horse betting site, and the broadcasts are dedicated to horse racing around the clock.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests have a particularly deep connection in Massachusetts. One of the major DFS companies, DraftKings, launched in Boston and retains its corporate headquarters in the Back Bay area. The only shock about Massachusetts’ legalization of DFS in 2016 was that it wasn’t the first state to do so — in fact, by then seven others had beaten the Bay State to the punch.

It doesn’t really matter, though. DFS is alive and well as a legitimate activity in Massachusetts, and is a standard activity for many of its residents. You can play on DraftKings, FanDuel or any of the other legitimate providers. Both DraftKings and FanDuel are expected to be among the first mobile sportsbooks to launch in Massachusetts when the mobile betting industry goes live.

Safe and Legal Massachusetts Gambling Options

As of this time, MA sports gambling is only available in-person. Bets can be placed at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. MA mobile sports betting apps could launch in late February or early March.

In addition to sports betting, there are some other gaming options out there for Massachusetts residents to enjoy. A few specific avenues for placing a bet, such as daily fantasy sports (DFS) and online horse betting, have been clarified as legal under Massachusetts law for several years.

In terms of Massachusetts online gambling, activities such as online slots and table games are unregulated and not permitted at this time. Any online casino, poker site, or sportsbook that accepts Bay Staters right now is operating illegally in the state and is actually based offshore. These sites come with many risks, and you should be sure to avoid them for multiple reasons:

  • Transparency: With these sites, you cannot be sure about the motivations and impartiality of the site you choose. Remember — you will have to surrender your personal ID and banking data in order to play.
  • Protection: If you go offshore to gamble, a site might run a crooked game or refuse to honor your withdrawal requests, and there would be little you can do about it. These sites are not beholden to the US legal system or a US regulator and are not bound, necessarily, to the same level of ethical standards. This makes them especially risky to use.
  • Security: You are putting your personal information in transit to servers thousands of miles away, and there are plenty of opportunities for hackers and other criminals to attempt an interception along the way.

Finding a Legitimate Massachusetts Betting Site

When it comes to Massachusetts online gambling, there are many ways in which you can tell the difference between a legal gambling site and an illegal offshore gambling site. For the time being, it’s pretty easy. In Massachusetts, if a site is offering online casino games, online poker, or online sports betting, then it’s offshore. Those three activities are not legal in Massachusetts at this time. Retail sports betting is legal, but licensed mobile sportsbooks have yet to launch. Licensed and registered sportsbooks such as DraftKings and FanDuel have much more security and are regulated by multiple governing bodies to ensure they are safe to use.

For now, you’ll need to be able to differentiate the legitimate sites from the illegitimate ones. There are four things you can do to confirm a site’s legitimacy.

  1. Look for some sort of mention of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC). Any legitimate site will have to answer to Mass Gaming — there’s no two ways about it. You can also look for the commission logo, which you can see an example of on the right. Illegal and offshore gaming sites do not have to answer to any sort of regulating body, which makes them extremely risky.
  2. There should be a US-based address in the site’s contact details. Preferably, the address is inside Massachusetts, but anywhere in the US is fine. This requirement is evidence of a company’s adherence to US laws, as well as its obligations under the appropriate regulatory bodies.
  3. Check the Massachusetts Gaming Commission website. Regulation is a two-way street, and while legitimate sites are going to mention the MGC, you can be sure that the MGC is going to mention the sites that it monitors.
  4. Contact Mass Gaming directly. You can either use a response form or scroll down to the bottom of the page for the phone number and email address. Either way, the commission is going to know who can offer online gambling in the state and who cannot. You may not need to take this particular step, but if you want to be absolutely sure, reach out to the regulators to find out if a site’s for real and truly legit.

Latest Massachusetts Sports Betting Updates

Like many states, Massachusetts has a history with legal gambling that stretches back for decades. Massachusetts sports betting legislation has been in the works only in recent years. Here are some of the more recent relevant dates for the history of gambling in Massachusetts:

Last year, the Massachusetts Senate passes an amended H3993 and sets up negotiations with the state House to reach an agreed upon bill. On Aug. 1, both the House and Senate pass a compromise sports betting bill that was sent to Gov. Baker for his signature. 

Later in August, Gov. Baker signed the Massachusetts sports betting bill into law. A tentative time frame for the MA sports betting launch was announced in the fall. The plan expected MA retail sports betting to start as soon as January 2023, with MA mobile betting apps following in late February or early March.

In December, the MGC granted the state’s first sports betting license to Encore Boston Harbor Casino. Shortly after, the first mobile license was granted to WynnBET. Several other platforms have been granted licenses since then, and more are expected to join the ranks.

In early January, legal retail sports betting officially started at three Massachusetts casinos on January 31 at 10 a.m.


For the most part, no. Online casinos, poker and online/mobile sports betting remain illegal activities in Massachusetts. The online gambling activity closest to launching is MA mobile sports betting. For the time being, the only legal online betting options that you have are horse betting and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).

Yes! Retail sports betting in Massachusetts was launched on January 31 at 10 a.m. Legal sports bets can now be placed at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. Mobile betting is not yet available, but is expected to go live in late February or early March. States in close proximity to Massachusetts, such as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, have all implemented sports betting.

Retail sports betting at three Massachusetts casinos launched on Tuesday, January 31 at 10 a.m. Now, sports fans in the state are able to legally bet on all their favorite sports and events in person. Mobile betting apps are expected to go live in the state in late February or early March. Mobile betting will give Massachusetts sports fans the ability to bet from the comfort of their own homes.

You need to be 21 years of age or older in order to participate in most gambling activities in Massachusetts. You must be 21 to play at Massachusetts casinos, and sports betting requires players to be this age or older as well. The only exceptions are the lottery and horse betting, which require players to be 18 or older.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) oversees all gambling activity in the state. Mass Gaming regulates every bit of gambling in the state and will do so for any future gambling expansions.


If gambling is a problem for you, there are multiple resources available in Massachusetts around the clock, and every minute you spend in recovery is a minute you didn’t lose gambling.

Responsible gambling services in Massachusetts begins with the Office of Problem Gambling Services (OPG), a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The OPG provides crisis services to problem gamblers and training assistance for those who care for problem gamblers. If you want to explore options for problem gambling treatment, you can contact the OPG at the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 327-5050, or reach out through the live chat function on the helpline website. Alternatively, you can also reach out to the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, which maintains its own helpline at (800) 426-1234 and a live chat function on its website.

Massachusetts also maintains a voluntary self-exclusion list. The state-run program bars you from patronizing any gambling locations inside Massachusetts. Placing yourself on the list will render you unable to play at these venues and subject to various forfeitures if you are caught doing so. Your time on the list can range from six months to the rest of your life.

Another great resource is the MGM GameSense page, which offers state-specific information. The site aims to “keep gambling fun with tips and information for casino guests.” MGM Springfield in Massachusetts promotes responsible gambling as well, offering problem gambling help both in-house and on their official website.

Massachusetts is home to two Native American tribes that qualify as federally recognized entities:

  • Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

So far, only the Mashpees have moved to secure a compact with the folks in Boston. Although the tribe only received federal recognition in 2007, it has moved quickly to declare some 300 acres near Taunton as its reservation lands. This declaration has come under considerable fire from the government, including a 2020 effort by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to remove the reservation designation from the lands. However, now that those challenges appear to be over, the Mashpees are moving forward with their plans for the First Light Casino & Resort, a full-scale casino that will serve as the Region C property under the Expanded Gaming Act.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), meanwhile, has not been as dogged in its pursuit of an agreement with the state. Instead, it has moved to create a bingo facility on tribal lands. Of course, the government sued this tribe, too — this time, it was the city government of Aquinnah — claiming that a 1983 land agreement nullified the tribe’s ability to offer gambling. After some arguing in court, the tribe prevailed in 2018 and began moving forward with its plans. However, the town remained undeterred and has kept the project tied up in court ever since with any issues that it could find. It now appears that the tribe will be able to build the venue, albeit with some approvals from the powers that be.

If you want or need more information about online gambling in Massachusetts, there are plenty of resources available. For additional information, you can visit any of the links below to find out more:

The state’s legal gambling locations are the following:

  • Encore Boston Harbor (Class III)
  • MGM Springfield (Class III)
  • Plainridge Park Casino (Class II)
  • Raynham Park (Off-track betting)
  • Suffolk Downs (Off-track betting)
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